There were smiles all round as pupils, parents and staff at The King’s School in Tynemouth celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level.
And there was further delight for the school as 60 per cent of pupils achieving grades A* to B despite a grade depression by the Department for Education.
Overall, it meant the students had risen to the challenge by scoring among the highest achievers and gaining their places at the best universities in the country.
Among number of notable successes were James Knight, from Tynemouth, who achieved four A* grades at A-level and four A grades at AS-level. He is now applying post results for a place to read medicine at Cambridge University.
Classmate Michael Orange, from Cleadon, achieved three A*s at A-level plus five A grades at AS-level. He will now study computer science at York University.
Lara Salem, from Whitley Bay, and Kate Marriott, from Heaton, both achieved three A grades at A-level plus four A grades at AS-level. Lara will study geography at Bristol University while Kate will study comparative literature and French at St Andrew’s University.
King’s Headmaster Edward Wesson said: “In a school with a wide ability intake, these results are testament to the careful guidance of some wonderful teachers and the hard work and dedication of a fine cohort of students.
“A-level results day is always a highlight of the school year, and at the end of a challenging year for the school and with academy status looming, this is a wonderful legacy to pass on to Kings Priory School. Congratulations to all.”